A former University of Toledo basketball player has been sentenced to probation for altering his performance to help gamblers who bet on the Rockets a decade ago.
The sentence for Sammy Villegas is the first in the point-shaving case. It involved seven players, including three football players. All have pleaded guilty.
Villegas faced as much as 30 months in prison but got a break Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith of the Eastern District of Michigan followed the recommendation of prosecutors and ordered probation and community service.
Villegas says he accepted at least $3,000 from 2004 to 2006 from a Detroit-area gambler to intentionally make mistakes to control the score. He says he missed shots and committed turnovers to control the score.
And you thought you just had to deal with awful special teams, ridiculous weather and the worst coaching on the planet when betting #MACtion. Turns out you need to know which team is shaving points too. In a weird way I kind of love this. Watching mid-week #MACtion was basically like watching the WWE already anyways. Might as well go all in and plan the outcomes. It wouldn’t even bother me if every MAC game was fixed not just a few Toledo games 9 years ago. #MACtion is flat out impossible to bet. So why not make them fixed? I’ve bet the WWE*, loved it. So as far as I’m concerned no harm, no foul Toledo.
*Wrestlemania’s Sunday night and I can’t wait to bet it. I still can’t believe I didn’t take a flyer on the Undertaker’s streak ending at 60/1. It haunts me to this day.